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TEHRAN (FNA)- A large number of Russian companies are taking action to boost cooperation with Iran as several large delegations from European states are due to arrive in Iran in coming weeks to win a major share of the country’s market after the recent agreement in Vienna.Several Russian energy companies, including Lukoil energy firm, have voiced their readiness to return to Iran’s market, the Business Insider reported.
Head of Lukoil Giant Oil Company Vagit Alekperov said that his company was eager to return to Iran as soon as the western sanctions will be lifted.
Threat of War: Russia Gets Very Serious on “De-dollarizing”. The Russia-China “Silk Road” Strategy | Global Research
Russia is about to take another major step towards liberating the Ruble from the Dollar System. Its Finance Ministry just revealed it is considering issuing Russian state debt in Chinese Yuan. That would be an elegant way to decouple from the dependence and blackmail pressures from the US Treasury financial terrorism operations while at the same time strengthening the bonds between China and Russia–Washington’s worst geopolitical nightmare.
Russian Deputy Minister of Finance, Sergei Storchak, announced that his ministry is making a careful study of what would be required to issue Russian bonds denominated in Chinese Yuan. The latest news is part of a long-term strategy between Russia and China that goes at the heart of American hegemony—the role of the dollar as the leading world central bank reserve currency.
The dollar is used in some 60% of central bank reserves today. The second largest is the Euro. Now clearly China is carefully moving, as the world’s largest trading nation, to create its Renminbi or Chinese Yuan as another major reserve currency.
’Nuclear war our likely future’: Russia & China won’t accept US hegemony, Reagan official warns — RT News
The White House is determined to block the rise of the key nuclear-armed nations, Russia and China, neither of whom will join the “world’s acceptance of Washington’s hegemony,” says head of the Institute for Political Economy, Paul Craig Roberts.
The former US assistant secretary of the Treasury for economic policy, Dr Paul Craig Roberts, has written on his blog that Beijing is currently “confronted with the Pivot to Asia and the construction of new US naval and air bases to ensure Washington’s control of the South China Sea, now defined as an area of American National Interests.”
The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister said in Beijing on Friday that Russia and China are seeking to develop their respective economic unions to form a new intercontinental partnership.
National Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said on Friday that Russia and China are strengthening their ties on a number of fronts, and expressed hope that their respective economic unions, the Eurasian Economic Union and the Silk Road Economic Belt, will work together productively.
Russia will take part in South China Sea counter-terrorism exercises as it becomes increasingly concerned with security and stability in the region.Russia will conduct naval exercises in the South China Sea in 2016, together with its partners in the Asia Pacific Region, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said at a defense summit in Singapore on Saturday.
Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue summit of defense ministers, Antonov said that Russia is increasingly concerned for its security, citing US missile shield deployments, terrorism and “color revolutions.” Russia will also conduct its first-ever exercises together with Brunei in 2016.
Imagine that Vladimir Putin were not a murderous autocrat and kleptocrat who has spent his fourteen years in power living up to his KGB past and dragging Russia ever back towards Communist autocracy, illiberalism, and expansionism. Imagine that instead he were the one of the greatest leaders that Russia has had, whose policies have helped produce a massive rise in living standards and life expectancy, recuperation of national pride, and enforcement of the rule of law, who has tackled kleptocrats and gangsters wisely and well, whose foreign policy has on balance been realistic, diplomatic, and conducive to peace, who has presided over a country of which the human rights record is considerably better than that of the United States and in which civil rights are improving, and who richly deserves the steady support of 65% – currently at a Ukraine-related high of 83% – of the population that he possesses. It is my understanding that the reality is closer to the second scenario than the first – and I may note that I say this as someone with no ethnic, financial, professional or political ties to Russia whatsoever. It follows that I am not a Russian expert – but nor am I, on the other hand, parti pris. I am a friendly, distanced observer of the country.
If you believe the mainstream media, the deep, almost catastrophic dive in oil and subsequent gas prices just suddenly came out of nowhere. They expect the average consumer to simply be happy with having more money in their pockets. A few politicians are even making the case for increasing taxes on gas. Ignorance is bliss.
Or is it?
If you recall in the years of higher and higher gas pump prices, economists and other experts were telling us to get used to higher gas prices for the foreseeable future as demand outpaced supplies, and it was too expensive for America to supply gas from sources within its own borders. These experts scoffed at the idea that a barrel of oil would ever fall below $50 again.
So what happened? Where are these experts now?
Here’s a harsh, dark economic reality for those not familiar with the truth about macroeconomics: nothing happens by accident in macroeconomics or on Wall Street. Nothing. There is a reason for every single up and down you see in economic and business cycles around the world.
So why now is it considered profitable for America to help oversupply oil and gas to the insane point where a barrel of oil falls below $50? Why would Saudi Arabia, whose own government budgets require oil prices be well above $50, boldly vow that oil will never again reach $100. The answer will shock many, but not the most astute readers who know how to go beyond the shallow headlines.
America, Saudi Arabia and Israel are at war against Russia.
We saw the Ukraine campaign of this war, where America wants to attack a key source of income for Russia, even if it mean damaging Europe’s economy. We saw the Libya battleground where the U.S. and Saudi Arabia angered Russia by killing Gadhafi. We saw that Saudi Arabia was angered at Russia, and Putin in particular, when Putin rejected a $1 billion bribe to keep Russia out of the way while the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia use weapons caches in Iraq and Libya to try to destabilize Syria, which only a decade earlier was considered a close “friend” to the West.
Syria was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. Therefore, the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and Israel hatched a plan to retaliate against Russia, which has one of the world’s largest supply of oil and gas. Saudi Arabia launched a suicidal, kamikaze style attack against Russia by triggering the current oil price plunge. This act not only is suicidal for Saudi Arabia, but also other OPEC nations, and even the U.S. and Europe. The western press will be less than truthful of course as they provide cover for this economic warfare by misleading the public with overly optimistic outlooks on the economy. They will blame energy speculators for the collapse as a cover story.
If you consider the list of enemy states or states targeted for less than friendly actions, the U.S. and Europe are looking at conquering Syria, Iran, Russia, China, North Korea. The West has been trying to conquer Russia and China since the mid 1800s.
All money is not good money, even when it results from a big fall in oil prices that temporarily puts more money in your pockets. Nothing comes free in life. Keep that in mind as you hear the rest of the headlines regarding this suicidal plunge in oil prices.